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Old 11-17-2007, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a way to do it? Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope. Not that I know of. T-Bird isn't compatible.

Try a search on Thunderbird. I know it has been discussed before, but don't know of a work around. About all you can do is export the address book to Outlook or Outlook Express and then sync Outlook to the BB.
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When is LDAP going to proliferate??
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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OK, bear with me if you have never heard of this before, I'll get a little techie - but it's totally possible to do what you want for a one-time cost of $30 for a piece of BlackBerry software.

1) Set up a free online account at mobical.net
2) Download and install the Nexthaus SyncJe client on your BB
3) Install the free Tsync extenstion in your Thunderbird

Reference this sticky of mine:
How to: Sync BB if you use Linux / Unix

Ignore the linux aspect of it, the sticky explains how to accomplish steps #1 and #2 so I don't have to rewrite it all. All that's left is the free plugin that speaks SyncML with TBird you can get here:

SyncML extension for Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla seamonkey

Install it, configure it the same way you did the SyncJe client settings, and sync your contacts up to the Mobical webserver. Now do a sync on your BB with the Nexthaus client and boom - all done.
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Very interesting. Learn something new every day.
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I have no Data Plan and have turned my Internet off completely.
I wish to sync with ThunderBird/Lightning...

How do I do this without Internet?
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1) Set up a free online account at mobical.net
2) Download and install the Nexthaus SyncJe client on your BB
3) Install the free Tsync extenstion in your Thunderbird

Reference this sticky of mine:
How to: Sync BB if you use Linux / Unix

All that's left is the free plugin that speaks SyncML with TBird you can get here:

SyncML extension for Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla seamonkey

Install it, configure it the same way you did the SyncJe client settings, and sync your contacts up to the Mobical webserver. Now do a sync on your BB with the Nexthaus client and boom - all done.
@rivviepop -

Is there a way to use this to accomplish OTA calendar and To Do sync between a BIS-connected Blackberry and my PC-based copy of Outlook? (or, possibly a combination of Mozilla tools for email, calendar, to do)?
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Is there a way to use this to accomplish OTA calendar and To Do sync between a BIS-connected Blackberry and my PC-based copy of Outlook? (or, possibly a combination of Mozilla tools for email, calendar, to do)?
You would do the exact same thing I describe except the Thunderbird sync - instead using Outlook. Nexthaus sells a little bundle for you - it has the BlackBerry software and the Outlook software (really, they're more like plugins than full software apps kinda sorta) all in one shot for around $70. You would still use a "man in the middle" SyncML server like Mobical.

I wish Google would hurry up and SyncML-enable their contacts server, it would save me a lot of hassle. <vent>
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You would do the exact same thing I describe except the Thunderbird sync - instead using Outlook. Nexthaus sells a little bundle for you - it has the BlackBerry software and the Outlook software (really, they're more like plugins than full software apps kinda sorta) all in one shot for around $70. You would still use a "man in the middle" SyncML server like Mobical.

I wish Google would hurry up and SyncML-enable their contacts server, it would save me a lot of hassle. <vent>
I'm really intrigued. If I can blend this all in smoothly and transparently, it will pretty much function as a 1-person Exchange server. Wasn't that projects like Funambol were trying to accomplish? I didn't realize it had actually been pulled together yet.

I like the idea of having my calendar, contacts and to do's sync OTA along with email!

Must explore!
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I'm really intrigued. If I can blend this all in smoothly and transparently, it will pretty much function as a 1-person Exchange server. Wasn't that projects like Funambol were trying to accomplish? I didn't realize it had actually been pulled together yet.
More or less, yeah - before they were Funambol they were Sync4J - the "first java syncml server" and all that jazz. Many others have done it though, SyncML is an (open?) standard that anyone can write the server to be compliant with, it just takes a bunch of smart engineers to start banging on the keyboard.

Mobical offers it to us for free; they make their money by selling/implementing their tech for carriers. As a service provider I've always like using them, it's been a number of years now and apart from minor bugs here and there the service is always up when I need it and hasn't lost any of my data. I've used a number of devices with it (Nokias, Motos, Samsung, whatever) and haven't been disappointed. My $0.02 of course.

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I like the idea of having my calendar, contacts and to do's sync OTA along with email! Must explore!
The Nexthaus SyncJe/BB client is currently lacking Memos support, but Tasks work just fine. The support team keeps telling me a release with Memos will be any day now, but it's still not out. :( I store my Memos as Tasks until then, it's a hack but it works.

I've done a few cool things with it - for instance every year I take the SJ Sharks (hockey) schedule and write a script to make it into a iCal/vCal import file. Import it to my Mobical, then sync to my device - boom, all the games on my calendar.

My biggest flaw right now is that GMail/Google doesn't offer a SyncML interface to the contacts. I basically keep two copies of my contacts - one on Mobical/device and one on GMail web interface - it's a big pain in the butt, but what can ya do? I'm not about to pay for a Goosync Premium account...
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Default Sync Outlook Calender and Contacts to my 8300

I am a new owner of the 8300 and never gone on a forum before but here goes. How do I sync outlook calendar and my contacts from outlook on the computer to my blackberry

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Nope. Not that I know of. T-Bird isn't compatible.

Try a search on Thunderbird. I know it has been discussed before, but don't know of a work around. About all you can do is export the address book to Outlook or Outlook Express and then sync Outlook to the BB.
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Do you have the blackberry software loaded on your computer? If so, make sure the software is running and use the USB cord to connect your blackberry to the computer. From there, just follow the prompts.
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I am a new owner of the 8300 and never gone on a forum before but here goes. How do I sync outlook calendar and my contacts from outlook on the computer to my blackberry
This thread is about Thunderbird, please don't threadjack it with Outlook questions - there are many other threads on the forum for this need.
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1) Use the available thunderbird addons to sync lightning/thunderbird with your gmail contacts and google calendar.
2) Download the google contact / calendar sync utility onto your blackberry

ThunderBird -> Google -> Blackberry
Blackberry -> Google -> Thunderbird

works pretty well and its free
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Wirelessly posted

If you add the Zindus plugin to Thunderbird along with Lightning, this setup keeps your calendar and contacts in sync between your BB and Google and Thunderbird - works quite well.
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